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September 30, 1998
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Blue Mountains elk study results explained Oct. 13 in Spokane; Oct. 15 in Dayton

SPOKANE -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists will explain the results of eight years of research on Blue Mountains elk at public open houses scheduled Oct. 13 in Spokane and Oct. 15 in Dayton.

Both sessions will run from 5 to 9 p.m. in an open house format, featuring displays of research results. An informal presentation will be made at 7 p.m., but interested persons can stop by at any time throughout the evening.

The Spokane open house will be at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council's meeting room at 6116 N. Market St. The Dayton open house will take place at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building off Pine St.

WDFW began studying adult elk in 1990 to learn more about where and how they live and die, particularly in respect to private agricultural lands where they cause damage. With an apparent population decline, a spike-bull-only hunting rule was initiated in 1989 to increase the number of mature, branch-antlered bulls for better breeding of cows and improved calf numbers.

But calf elk survival appeared to remain low, so WDFW started a study of calf elk in 1993 to find out when and how they were dying. Both studies used radio telemetry monitoring of elk which concluded this year.